Directed by Harry Bradbeer, Enola Holmes is based on the book of the same name by Nancy Springer. Brought to life by Netflix in 2020, Enola Holmes stars Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) as the youngest member of the Holmes family. As her two older brothers, Sherlock and Mycroft left home 12 years older, Enola has been raised exclusively by her widowed mother.
It's 1884 and on the morning of her 16th birthday, Enola awakes to find that her mother (Helena Bonham Carter) has upped and left without a word. Her two brothers return to find out what is going on and soon Enola's world is changed for the worst. With Mycroft (Sam Claflin, Love Wedding Repeat) now her guardian, he insists that Enola tames her wild ways and attends a finishing school for ladies. Sherlock (Henry Cavill) doesn't offer her much by way of support so Enola decides to take matters into her own hands.
Following a series of clues left by her mother, Enola decides to run away and track her down. Quite soon into the proceedings, Enola encounters another teenage runaway, Viscount Tewkesbury. The duo soon discovers that somebody is out to murder him and so begins the adventure to both stay alive and find Eudoria Holmes, and all without Mycroft, Sherlock, or the police catching up with them.
There is a lot to like about Enola Holmes. Firstly Millie Bobby Brown is incredibly good and despite the additional cast, she really does carry this movie 100% of the time. The breaking of the fourth wall, where Enola talks directly to the viewer, gives additional insight into what is going on and adds a quirkiness to the film.
It is also a decent mystery with a couple of twists and despite being set in the 1800s has a solid message for young girls about following their own path in life. That's also what makes it an excellent family movie. This isn't a Sherlock Holmes film. This is an Enola Holmes film. She's high spirited, unfamiliar with a world outside of how she great up, and has been raised to be feisty and unafraid.
If you are hoping for some pipe puffing and epic mystery-solving steeped in accurate historical detail then you are bang out of luck. This is an entirely fictional, light-hearted family movie and it does exactly what it says on the tin. And great job by Millie Bobby Brown!